LANCASTER, PA - The Eastern College Athletic Conference announced today that the Franklin & Marshall women's soccer team has earned and accepted the #5 seed for the ECAC South Region Championships to be held on November 19, 12 and 13.
The Diplomats (10-5, 5-5 Centennial Conference) will begin the tournament at #4 Gettysburg College (8-7-3) on November 19 at 7:00 p.m. in a first round game. The winner will advance to Erie, Pennsylvania for the semifinals of the tournament versus host and #1 seed Penn State Behrend (14-2-4) at 11:00 a.m. In the other semifinal, the victor of a first round game between #6 Washington & Jefferson (10-8-2) and #3 Carnegie Mellon (10-4-2) in Pittsburgh will advance to Erie to square off with #2 Ursinus (13-4-2) at 2:00 p.m.
Admission for the F&M-Gettysburg game is $4 for adults and $2 for students. Children ages three and under are free.
The semifinal winners will then face-off on November 13 at Penn State Behrend in the championship match. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.
The bid marks F&M's sixth post-season bid in the 26-year history of the program. The last squad to receive an ECAC bid was the 2002 team that received the #1 seed and hosting rights to the tournament before defeating LaRoche 5-0 and Widener 4-1 to win the ECAC title at home on Baker Field.
Further, the bid marks the Diplomats fourth in the last six years as the 2000 and 2001 teams also qualified for the tournament.
Franklin & Marshall is led by forward Amanda Zambrano (Sr., Pittsburgh, PA/Fox Chapel) who leads the Diplomats in goals (eight), game winning goals (five) and points (19) this season as she has scored eight goals with three assist for 19 points.
A 2005 first, 2003 second and 2004 honorable mention All-Centennial Conference selection, she has 40 goals and nine assists for 89 career points as she is one goal behind Mary Kilgannon '87 (41) for fifth in goals at the College and ranks seventh in points.
Other players to watch for Franklin & Marshall include midfielder Shannon Summers (Fr., North Wales, PA/The Hill School), back Julie Flemming (Sr., Millersville, PA/Penn Manor) and goalie Robyn Jones (Jr., Titusville, NJ/Pennington) who earned All-Centennial Conference honorable mention accolades this year.
Ranked second on the team in goals (seven) and points (7-2-16), Summers was named to the October 17 Centennial Conference Honor Roll and is pace to finish among the top 10 in goals and the top 15 in point in Franklin & Marshall history.
Flemming finished the season with three assists to raise her career-scoring total to one goal and seven assists for nine points in three seasons.
Overall, she is part of an F&M defense which allowed 0.90 goals per game this year and 0.95 over her career (51 goals in 4816:03).
In goal, Jones has an 8-5-1 record, six shutouts, 0.89 goals against average and .843 save percentage with 70 saves and 13 goals allowed on 83 shots on goal in 1308:28 this year after transferring from Division I Rutgers University.
Historically, she has 22 shutouts in 55 career games at Rutgers and Franklin & Marshall, including 16 in 41 games with the Scarlet Knights.
Franklin & Marshall (10-5-1, 5-5 Centennial Conference) will look to knock off their Centennial Conference rivals at Gettysburg and snap a three game losing streak to the Bullets.
This year, Gettysburg defeated the Diplomats 2-0 on October 18 at the historic battlefield after downing Franklin & Marshall 2-0 in Lancaster on October 20, 2004 and 3-0 on October 22, 2003 in Gettysburg. The last time F&M handled the Bullets was on October 23, 2002 as the Diplomats snapped a six game losing streak to Gettysburg dating back to a 2-1 victory in 1995 with a 3-1 victory in Lancaster.
If the Diplomats defeat Gettysburg, Franklin & Marshall will face Penn State Behrend for the second time in program history as the team defeated the Lions 3-0 on November 7, 1998 in the opening round of the ECAC Tournament at Muhlenberg College.
Historically, F&M has never met either Washington & Jefferson or Carnegie Mellon in women's soccer, while the Diplomats hold a 7-2-1 record versus Centennial Conference foe Ursinus as the Bears edged Franklin & Marshall 2-1 in overtime on October 20 in Collegeville.
Directions to Gettysburg College are available online at http://www.gettysburg.edu/admissions/admissions_html/campvis_direct.html, while directions to Penn State Behrend can be found at http://pennstatebehrend.psu.edu/aboutPS/directions.htm
2005 ECAC Division III Women's South Region Soccer Championship
Quarterfinal Games - Wednesday, November 9
#1 Penn State Behrend (14-2-4) receives a bye
#2 Ursinus (13-4-2) receives a bye
#3 Carnegie Mellon (10-4-2) vs. #6 Washington & Jefferson (10-8-2), 7:30 p.m.
# 4 Gettysburg (8-7-3) vs. #5 Franklin & Marshall (10-5-1), 7 p.m.
Semifinals - Saturday, November 12
Penn State Behrend vs. F&M/Gettysburg, 11 a.m.
Ursinus vs. Carnegie Mellon/Washington & Jefferson, 2 p.m.
Championship - Sunday, November 13, 1 p.m.